Patent Troll NTP is Back at it, Suing Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Others
July 9, 2010 2:00 PM
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It's been years since infamous patent troll NTP actually developed any new intellectual property or looked to produce anything. Yet it's just launched its biggest suit yet, suing Microsoft, Google, Apple, and more.
Life is good for NTP -- they don't have to make anything to make money, they just sue people who do
The last time notorious Virginia-based patent troll NTP, Inc. climbed out of its cave was back in 2007 to
Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint Nextel
for patent infringement
. We guessed at the time that we hadn't seen the last of the firm. We were right.
NTP, Inc. just
filed a massive new suit
against Apple, Google, Microsoft, HTC, LG, and Motorola claiming the firms are in massive violation of its patents on wireless email technologies. One has to wonder, even given NTP, Inc.'s vast experience in litigation, if it has this time bit off more than it can chew by declaring war on virtually
all the tech industry's top players
(well... besides IBM, HP, and Dell -- maybe they're next).
The firm does have a
under its belt from a
$612M USD settlement
with Blackberry maker Research in Motion over the same technologies. After its loss, RIM fought to invalidate NTP's patents. It succeeded in getting some examined and overturned, but improper dealings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office weighed heavily on its reexamination requests, leading to 67 claims in four of NTP reviewed patents surviving.
With those patents intact, NTP still had enough ammo to apparently go gunning for the top players in the smart phone industry today. NTP's cofounder Donald E. Stout complains, "Use of NTP's intellectual property without a license is just plain unfair to NTP and its licensees. Unfortunately, litigation is our only means of ensuring the inventor of the fundamental technology on which wireless email is based, Tom Campana, and NTP shareholders are recognized, and are fairly and reasonably compensated for their innovative work and investment. We took the necessary action to protect our intellectual property."
NTP -- or at least its other co-founder -- at one time could be considered an innovator in the fields of internet software and electronics. It was co-founded with the late inventor Thomas J. Campana Jr. who invented and patented a form of push email back in 1990. Campana Jr.'s numerous patents formed the basis of NTP's IP library.
In recent years, though NTP has developed no new technology and has only subsisted off a career of zealous litigation against companies like RIM and others who
produce products. Palm was among NTP's other recent victims, being
sued back in 2006
Such patent battles typically drag out for some time in court, so the conclusion of this one may not come for some time.
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Patent is basically wrong
7/10/2010 7:48:33 AM
From my subjective point of view patent in itself is very wrong, it halters development, free thought, free energy, some patents are so simple that it is so highly inmoral to say that no one else can come up with the same ideas.
More over, recent patens on reainforest plant by pharma industri could lead to remowal of plants in nature, because they are someones alone, this is so highly inmoral and devastating to our collective survival that just by that in itself every patent office should be closed, no one should ever have the possibillity of thought control like this ever again.
In these days, where there exists hundreds of perpetual motion/real free energy machine patens, we need them out free instead of the hands of investors that EARN money on the fact that they hold the patens so that it can NEVER be used, and thereby can sell something else instead, like oil.
We need to remove any kind of thought control to survive both our serious over population, our problem with industrialism and what enviromental devastation that follows.
If there were no patens there would this very moment be both free energy, better healthcare and other kinds of transportation.
So it would effect every man to remove thought control/patent, even the invester that holds the patents, that would first loose money, would still be able to see his/her children grow up and him/herself have somewhat extended life, patent is the ignorant/brutes way of control, nothing else, the intelligent person shares as he/she know that when it comes full circle, then it comes all back, besides the noossphere is collective, we know somewhat today that we are all intangled in the way we think, so in the end, whos idea is really whos?, what can be invented that have not been invented beforehand?
The thought must be free, it should be a crime even to hae patent systems as it controls thought, think it through, the commies did and on this they where right indeed, because we can see by looking out our very eyes that this we do is not the way, this we do now ends with super commerce, super control and the rest, we are just cattle in a system that we our selves have created, like building a prison, walking into a cell, close the door and give the key to someone else and tell him not to lock us out and please beat me once a day.
This is not smart, we can open our minds, do way better!
RE: Patent is basically wrong
7/10/2010 11:49:28 AM
Try not smoking pot before you post.
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